Opening a Bank Account in Hong Kong For Your Domestic Helper: The Ultimate Guide

HelperChoice Bank Accounts Guide for Domestic Helpers

Maybe you just employed a new domestic helper or maybe you have been employing her for a few years. In any case, you might wonder how to pay the domestic helper’s salary every month, should you give her cash directly or make a bank transfer?

 

What are the advantages of opening a bank account for your domestic helper?

In Hong Kong, many domestic helpers do not have have a bank account to receive their salary. Helping your domestic helper open a bank account is a win-win situation for both of you. You will save time and keep track of the salary payment.

A bank account can also help her better manage her money and save more as she will be less tempted to spend it.

 

Which bank for your domestic helper?

Not all banks are welcoming towards domestic helpers so it is better if you go with her. Before choosing, also check if they require a minimum monthly balance, as most banks will expect HK$5,000 to HK$10,000.

Fortunately, we did some research for you and selected the best banks for domestic helpers in Hong Kong:

Hang Seng Bank

Hang Seng bank ATM Statement Savings Account is the most convenient bank account for domestic helpers in Hong Kong as there is no minimum monthly balance. All you need to open the account are:

  • Passport
  • Hong Kong ID card
  • The original employment contract
  • OEC number might be required for Filipino domestic helpers

Note that a service fee of HKD20 will be charged for each transfer/cash withdrawal transaction made at a branch counter.

Bank of China

The other option for no minimum monthly balance is Bank of China, but a minimum amount of HKD 1,000 is needed at account open date.

  • Passport
  • Hong Kong ID card
  • The original employment contract
  • OEC number might be required for Filipino domestic helpers

The Asian Migrants Credit Union

The Asian Migrants Credit Union proposes savings accounts for migrants in Hong Kong, with a minimum balance as low as HK$5. To open an account contact the organisation directly, the only document required is the HKID.

 

Does your domestic helper need a little help with budgeting?

You could also send your domestic helper to financial management classes. The NGO in Hong Kong that is dedicated to this area is Enrich HK. The courses usually include budgeting, and even entrepreneurship and investment. Your domestic helper will not only know how to save and spend money more wisely, she can also put these skills into use when she returns to her home country and get a better return from the money she earns in Hong Kong.

 

You’re now all set! Let us know which bank you think is the most convenient and what other banking services you are using.